Owning the title ‘boss’ often connotes emotions not all that positive. We’ve all had a friend tell us of their “boss from hell,” or times they’ve had an awkward disagreement leading to a not-so-sweet atmosphere, but the relationship between boss and employee is something that’s certainly changed in recent years.
The often intimidating label, ‘boss,’ has gained a new meaning in the 21st century. So, just as new business strategies have been adopted, so have management strategies.
Millennials search for a different kind of relationship with their boss; a link which may at times blur the line between professional superior and friend.
Of course, this is not to say that the workplace has become a democratic free for all, but it has lead to a most comfortable work environment whereby the ‘boss’ has become more of a ‘primus inter pares’ figure rather than an all-domineering superior.
So, for those of us wanting to keep up-to-date with the modern day, here are five crucial tips for being a boss in the Millennial Age:
- Ask Your Colleagues For Advice
Successful businesses only grow when there’s plurality, and millennials work better when they feel they have a direct impact on the success of a company. Sitting down and asking your employees for their opinions and ideas is something incredibly important when it comes to running a business. Everyone has a view, and by taking the time to listen, you never know, it may spark a new way of thinking that will get your business that steps closer to where you want it to be.
- Give Workers Time To Relax At Work… And Relax With Them
Research has proven that nobody’s brain can be in full, active mode from morning until night, so give your employees time to rest their mind, and make the most of this time by building your relationship with them!
- Add Flexible Working Hours
We know that everybody works differently, and millennials are now searching for the way to best optimise their time.
If you’re able to, let your workers choose their hours, or perhaps give them rework the schedule to fit when they feel most productive. For those types of work where it’s not necessary to be working in one place, let your workers feel less restricted by agreeing with them that they can work from home one or two days a week. Having this kind of trust in a working relationship is necessary for job satisfaction, which, as we know, ultimately leads to a more comfortable and successful working environment for all.
- Be Open With Them
Millennials in the workplace are looking for open and honest management, this way they can have a friendly but professional relationship with their boss, and we know that this ultimately leads to success. For example. If an employee requests time off because of something important to them, respect their sincerity, and in return they’ll appreciate the needs and goals of the company, leading to an honest and open ambiance.
- Think About Adding Extras
Millennials, as all of us, are always looking for that extra drop of motivation to get us to our next target. Introducing, or reimplementing, prize-based goals is a way of increasing productive energy to the workplace. With extras such as weekends away, or event tickets, you are guaranteed to create more ambitious attitudes and a bit of healthy competition between co-workers!